Author Archives: Dave Trottier

Dave Trottier

About Dave Trottier

Dave Trottier (AKA Dr. Format) has sold or optioned ten screenplays (three produced) and helped hundreds of writers break into the writing business. He is an award-winning teacher and acclaimed script consultant, author of The Screenwriter's Bible , and friendly host of keepwriting.com.

All About Flashbacks

Dave Trottier, AKA Dr. Format, explains although you often hear the advice to avoid flashbacks, they’re perfectly legitimate if used properly.

The Readability Factor

Dave Trottier, AKA Dr. Format, explains the importance of readability in your screenplay. Before your script has a shot to be greenlit, it needs to be an enjoyable read.

What You Must Know About Script Format

Dave Trottier is a produced screenwriter, award-winning teacher, acclaimed script consultant, author of The Screenwriter’s Bible , and friendly host of keepwriting.com. Follow Dave on Twitter: @DRTrottier. Click to tweet this article to your friends and followers! It was the most beautiful chocolate cake I had ever seen.  The college professor...

Ask the Expert: Sluglines Slugfest

Click to tweet this article to your friends and followers! Question: When I’m writing scenes in one location, say hotel or a house, how do I format the sluglines properly? You’ve often heard the terms slug, slug line, and mini-slug in reference to screenwriting.  Understanding these terms is paramount, so let’s...

10 Must-See Movies for Screenwriters

Round out your education by viewing these movies about writers and/or the movie industry.  Here are ten must-see movies worth seeing.  They are not listed in any particular order. The Player.  Director Robert Altman likes to make movies that recreate a place or time.  MASH, Nashville, and Gosford Park are a...